Yesterday I posted about this new fashion law case on my Facebook and Twitter accounts and decided to accompany today’s (#FashionLawFriday series) Instagram post with this blog post.
On August 25th, three California street artists filed a suit against Roberto Cavalli SpA in the U.S. District Court in Central District of California. The artists claim that graffiti-style items in the Just Cavalli collection were imprinted with unauthorized copies of their 2011 work on a San Francisco mural.
The artists, Jason Williams (a.k.a. Revok), Victor Chapa (a.k.a. Reyes) and Jeffrey Rubin (a.k.a. Steel) embarked on this legal action in response to the March 2014 introduction of the Just Cavalli apparel and accessories collection adorned by what the trio allege is their joint artwork.
Do you think the Cavalli design is an adaptation of the mural?
Their complaint alleges copyright infringement, unfair competition, false designation of origin under the Lanham Act, unfair competition under California law and negligence, and demands a jury trial. According to WWD, a company spokeswoman for Cavalli stated that the company “heard of some highly inflammatory allegations, which have no basis in fact and are incorrect; we intend to contest and defend against these allegations vigorously. In order to avoid the time and expense of unnecessary litigation, we also intend to communicate with the artists’ attorneys to discuss a mutually agreeable resolution of the issues.”
Once legally served, Roberto Cavalli SpA will have 30 days to file an initial response to this suit.